Students pose with banner that reads "Lesha's Lancers."Posing with the banner they made are Lesha’s Lancers: Christina Cuckovic, Meagan Tompkins, Kevin Thompson, Diana Cuckovic, Neda Demiri, Milena Sanson, Sara Jacobs and Marianne Wright. Missing: Robert Lefrancois and Emilyn Anderi.

Students strap on walking shoes for fight against cancer

Students don’t have to wait until they graduate to make a difference in the community, says Christina Cuckovic.

The education student helped to organize the Relay for Life, a fundraiser in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Cuckovic’s team, “Lesha’s Lancers,” raised $2100 by participating in the overnight walk-a-thon, June 21 and 22 at LaSalle’s Vollmer Complex.

The team is named for Cuckovic’s aunt, who fought a long battle with cancer before her death in February 2012. Several of the team members are cousins, inspired to join the cause.

“We lost our aunt to cancer and we want to support people going through the same thing she went through,” Cuckovic says.

She says the event was tiring, but definitely worth the effort.

“I don’t see why we as students can’t make a difference,” she says. “We can get involved in all sorts of worthwhile organizations.”